By Andy Chukwu
The Senate on Tuesday threatened to shutdown the operations of Bet9ja if the company fails to honour its invitation for a second time.
Senator Obinna Ogba, Chairman of Senate Committee on Youth and Sport, during the verification of Loto companies with license to operate in Nigeria, said it was unfortunate that Bet9a refused to honour the committee’s invitation.
“Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not honour our invitation again, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices,” he said.
Senator Ogba stated that the Senate was making efforts to assist the lottery commission to generate money for the Federal Government.
“We wanted to see bet9ja. They can’t run away.”
Senator Ogba explained that the verification exercise followed series of complains against the betting companies, adding that some do not even have offices while others have not been making remittances to the government.
He said that while verifying, about 20 betting companies that honoured Senate invitation, the committee found that “some got the licenses but they are not operating. The new regulation only give them one year to start operations,” he said.